It's spring cleaning time in some parts of the world. Shaking out the dust and sweeping away the cobwebs isn't the most fun way to spend your week, but the resulting fresh, pretty rooms are so worth the effort. Speaking of rooms that are worth the effort, if you're feeling it's time your home got a new look, check out these three distinctly different design styles from Hottategoya, FunkyLand and Kamokichi. They might be all the inspiration you need, whether you're going for an interior overhaul or just need to escape-the-room you're in for a few moments.
Escape from the Room with Public Phones - Hottategoya has this minimalism thing in the bag, and they know it. The mantra being: if you have a style that works for you, then work it for all it's worth. In the same vein as other Hottategoya games, such as Escape from the Room with 10 Safes, Escape from the Room with Public Phones is quite clever, even if rather austere looking. Using little to go on, you must solve a series of codes before you can find freedom, making this quite appealing to those who want some mental challenge without a lot of extraneous fluff. Colors, scenery, birds in top hats? Bah! Who needs 'em?
Candy Rooms No.7: Carmine Pop - There was once a time in my life that, when I heard someone say "FunkyLand," I thought of cruising on my roller skates under the disco lights. Now FunkyLand is synonymous with whimsical mini-escapes and a very sweet motif. The bummer is, it's more eye candy than gameplay, somehow managing more puzzle-solving simplicity than the scrumptious scenes and smoothly-designed interface promise—whether there are plump green apples or pieces of candy involved. Even so, it remains immensely gratifying while it lasts. So, if you're looking for a speedy fun fix, why don'cha groove to these snazzy tunes while finding five yum bombs?
Yana Escape - by Kamokichi is a delightfully puzzle-y escape that is perfectly pleasant in all regards. Until you hit a pixel hunt that is anything but. In a symbiotic contrast to Hottategoya's minimalism, Yana Escape's clean design is certainly eye-catching, such a beautiful setting it's almost a shame to leave it. But as you casually poke around, browsing the pretty decorations and stylish furniture with as much bemused regard as on a trip through IKEA, you'll discover clues and hints, guiding you toward open locks and, eventually freedom. Hmm. Makes me crave some Kanelbullar and elderflower juice.
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